Frequently Asked Questions about Bishop Chatard High School

The overall school enrollment for 2018 is approximately 715 students. The average class size for most BCHS classes is approximately 18 students. Our student/teacher ratio is 13:1.
Bishop Chatard High School offers 21 AP courses and 5 dual credit courses. Students enrolled in AP courses will take an exam in the spring. Depending on the score on each individual AP exam, students may receive college credit. In 2017-2018, 61.4% of students who took AP classes qualified for college credit.
Dual credit courses are college courses that are offered at the high school. The curriculum of dual credit courses is dictated by the college offering the credit. Students generally receive 3 college credits for each dual credit course taken.
Bishop Chatard offers Academic (college prep), Honors, AP and dual credit courses. Freshman and sophomore honors courses are offered in English, science, and math. Those honors levels may continue into junior and senior years or a student may advance into AP level courses. Students may take a proficiency test in Spanish the summer before freshman year and upon passing have the option to be placed into Spanish II. If a student takes Algebra I in eighth grade and passes the End of Course Assessment in Algebra , he/she may enroll in Geometry as a freshman.
A listing of all course offerings by department can be found under Academics.
Go to the Course Descriptions page
Bishop Chatard encourages all students to investigate and become involved in as many extracurricular activities and athletic pursuits as possible, no matter what their grade level!
See Clubs at BCHS for our extracurricular activities
Each eighth grader seeking admission to the Class of 2023 is required to have an application, placement test results, ISTEP results, and 7th and 8th grade report cards on file in the admission office by December 10, 2018. Acceptance letters will be sent in February.
See Apply to BCHS for specific details
BCHS hosts shadowing days for students from September to February. The Shadowing Page explains the BCHS process. Online registration is required to shadow. Parent Wednesday Walk-Thrus provide parents the opportunity to tour the school while in session. Individual One-to-One Appointments are also available.
Visit the Enrollment Process page for an overview of events
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A placement test for incoming freshmen will be given at BCHS on November 17, 2018. It is also administered to North Deanery eighth grade students at each North Deanery school. We encourage all students applying for the Class of 2023 to take the placement test through BCHS (if it was not taken through their grade school), although we will accept scores sent to us from other high schools. There is no fee for the test.
Test details and online registration
Students are required to take Theology classes each of their four years at BCHS. Service requirements are also scheduled.
Explore our Service Program
The first bell rings at 7:45 a.m. and the school day ends at 3:15 pm (Exceptions: Monday – class begins at 8:55 a.m. and Friday – school ends at 2:15 p.m.) Students can be dropped off as early as 6:30 a.m. All students should be picked up by 5 p.m.
The school operates on a rotating seven-period per day schedule. The rotation allows students to attend an individual class at different times of the day. Each class is 60 minutes. Tuesday through Friday, each teacher is available in ‘Zero Period,’ 7:20 – 7:50 a.m., to help students individually.
Bishop Chatard has four guidance counselors. Two of those counselors are assigned to freshmen, sophomores and juniors. One counselor advises seniors. One counselor, who has extensive college admissions experience, is dedicated to college advising for all grade levels. All of the counselors work with students on scheduling classes, maintaining academic success, helping with the college planning process, and assisting with personal issues as needed.
In addition, Bishop Chatard’s Director of Academic Support provides support to students who have learning needs. A social worker is available to support students with personal or school-related struggles.
View BCHS School Counseling Services
Each incoming freshman will be given an iPad as part of their computing fee. These devices will be used to house electronic textbooks, create cutting-edge classroom interaction, conduct tests/assessments, and enhance creativity and critical thinking for all students.
In a word, yes. Almost 95% of 2018 graduates pursued a college education, and they received $17.5 million in scholarships and grants — nearly $109,00 per student — to help fund it. 71% of last year’s graduates earned Academic Honors Diplomas, positioning them for college acceptance, and 62% of seniors graduated with college credit already earned.
View awards and college acceptances of the most recent graduating class.

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